Hello Pettigrew Crew,

I have to start this review by asking a question. How stinkin’ cute is the box this month? It’s seriously a work of art. The Rifle Paper Co. out did themselves with this beautifully printed box. I love a box that is both beautiful and functional, and this one fits the bill. I honestly would have purchased it with nothing inside of it, but thankfully there was plenty inside of the Birchbox this month. Seven items to be exact, and for $10 a month, I’m once again impressed with Birchbox.

I’m crazy about a good theme and I was very inspired by both the floral Spring-y theme of the Birchbox this month and all of the amazing flowers growing in my garden right now. I thought the two should meet up and when they did, picture magic happened.

On to the Unboxing.

April Birchbox cover + my garden flowers = LOVE!

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This sweet little box was waiting in my mailbox this month and it sure did put a smile on my face.

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When I opened up the tissue, this pretty little 20% off coupon from Rifle Paper Co. was staring at me. I love Rifle Co. so yes, I already used the code. I bought an awesome calendar that I have some style DIY projects in mind for. (hint hint: Future post )

There was also a little calling card with tips to make cute paper flowers and the back of the card has a product menu.

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The product menu was quite full this month, five featured samples and 2 bonus foil samples. I like this menu, because everything is all laid out and explained and it gives you a little more insight into why Birchbox picked the samples they did and how they flow with the theme of the month.

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First up on the menu is the Acure Pore Minimizing Facial Scrub 

This is a totally organic brand that has no “yucky” ingredients in its products and all of the good stuff you want like Moroccan red clay and argan stem cell.

It’s a deep reddish color on your fingers, but once you start to gently massage it onto your face, it changes to a white foam and looks like a regular cleanser. It makes my skin softer and I did notice a difference in the appearance of my pores. I’m a fan of this brand and this facial scrub.

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There has been a lot of buzz about the Benefit Cosmetics The Porefessional  and for good reason. I can’t get enough of this stuff. I love any product that can make the pores on my nose, cheeks and forehead look smaller and this product delivers.

When I was testing all of the products in my April Birchbox for this unboxing, I washed my face with the Acure facial scrub and then I used this pore minimizing lotion from Benefit. The two together are like a little pore killing super hero duo! I was so thrilled with the results. It gives a matte finish to my skin without drying it out and I feel confident wearing this with no foundation or powder on low or no-makeup days.

I have used other pore minimizers in the past and this is definitely my new favorite.

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Next up is the  Davines Oi Multi Benefit Beauty Treatment All In One Milk  

I have mixed emotions about this product. It definitely gave my hair some great shine and a little extra curl definition to my hair, which is awesome, but the smell. THE SMELL! It smells very strongly of baby powder and rose. This is not a scent that I prefer my hair to smell like {nor one I ever thought my hair would smell like} and I found it rather odd and a bit over powering.

For those of you who have used this product before, I would love your thoughts on the smell. But, I will say it has my hair looking on point. So I will use up the sample, but I just don’t know if I could purchase in the future when this smell is part of the deal. What do you think?

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The bonus samples were this shampoo and conditioner duo Davines Absolute Beautifying Oi Shampoo  & Davines Oi Absolute Beautifying Conditioner

These are by the same brand as the hair milk above and…you guessed it, the SAME smell. My whole shower had a strong baby powder scent, which is so funny because a shower is well, wet by nature and baby powder is quite dry. This tripped me out a bit.

Again, loved what the products did for my hair. My hair was soft, light and shiny; just what I’m looking for in a shampoo and conditioner, but the smell is just hard for me to live with. I will mention that this is just my humble opinion of course. There are a ton of reviews out there with people gushing over how good these products smell. It’s just not my cup of tea. {I wish it smelled more like tea or fruit or anything but powder}

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Next we have a perfume oops I mean parfum Juliette Has A Gun Not a Perfume  

I really dig this smell. It’s spicy and kind of woodsy, which is not a scent I usually go for. This is another reason why I love receiving Birchbox. I really enjoy sampling products that I would have never bought and finding that I actually really love them.

I will say that this fragrance is on the expensive side and I would probably look to buy this scent on sale sometime.

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The Beauty Corp PBJ Smoothie Stick

Birchbox saved my favorite for last. I love receiving lip products in beauty boxes and I was excited to find this little cutie in the box. It’s a FULL size creamy lip crayon, which is awesome.

The smell is quite yummy. So yummy, that I have a hard time not wanting to have a little nibble. It smells like a fruit smoothie and has the cutest packaging ever. Smoothie blenders? I can’t even.

The color is a really pretty, bright pink that goes on my lips a bit too bright. {This happens often with my lips because they are naturally light pink already} My solution is to coat my lips with a nude/brown lip liner first and then apply this crayon. It has a nice matte finish, but I think I like it even better when I added a little gloss to it. It’s such a fun color I feel it looks better glossy.

FINAL THOUGHTS

This is my second month of Birchbox. I really liked March’s box, but April’s box is even better. I love the variety of samples and the size of the samples are really good. {including a full size chubby lipstick pencil} The standouts in this box for me are the Smoothie stick and Benefit’s POREfessional, and the facial scrub and parfum made me happy as well.

I’m so glad that I signed up for Birchbox and I’m already looking forward to May’s box. If you want to sign up to receive your own May Birchbox click HERE!


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12 thoughts on “April Birchbox Unboxing and Review (Spoilers)”

  1. I love your blog.!! Love the name of it too..so cute! I am so glad I met you on twitter..! I love that PORE professional..I have it and use it a lot..good stuff, benefit is the best!! That lip crayon looks yummy too…good enough to eat!!

    Have a great day!

    Valerie
    xo

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